Massachusetts remains a leader on the health care cost containment, price transparency, and market regulation fronts. In the 2017-2018 legislative term, Massachusetts legislation aimed primarily at health insurance rate equity, pharmaceutical company drug development cost transparency, free access to the state’s ACPD, and hospital market regulation. Massachusetts introduced several bills that seek to improve transparency and health care costs; however, most of them failed to pass.

The State Database

The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare. We currently cover bills from the 2017-2018 legislative term and key statutes from each state. Search the database for specific bills, statutes or cases by using keyword, key issue category, and/or jurisdiction.

*Note: 2019 legislative session updates are currently in progress. Check back weekly for updates. 

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Additional Resources


Massachusetts’ current regular legislative session runs from 1/2/2019 – 12/31/2019. Bills from 2019 will carry over to 2020 as part of the 2019-2020 legislative term.


Massachusetts is funded on a fiscal year basis. The 2018 fiscal year runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The Governor is expected to sign the new budget at the end of June, 2018.  To view Massachusetts’ FY 2018 Budget, click here.